Woman of the Century/Maud Powell

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POWELL, Miss Maud, virtuoso violinist, born in Aurora, Ill., in 1867. Her father, Professor Powell, was principal of the public schools in Aurora, and she received a thorough education. Her musical trend was early visible, and in childhood she readily played by ear all the airs she heard on the violin, her favorite instrument. While still a child, she began the systematic study of the violin with Professor William Lewis. She studied with him for seven years, and in 1881 she accompanied him to Europe, where she studied one year in Leipzig with Schradick, and afterward with Danckler, in Paris, and with Joachim, in Berlin. She returned to the United States and made her debut in Chicago, Ill., with the Thomas orchestra, in June, 1886. She won an instant success, and she has played on several concert tours through the country. She is everywhere greeted by full houses. Her playing is marked by repose, a full tone and fine technique. She excels in all the difficult work usually done by virtuosos, and she is master of all the finer and more soulful qualities that alone distinguish the true artist from the merely skillful technician.